With this exhibition, titled Water and Wind, Judith Poxson Fawkes’s richly woven designs explore the power and beauty of wind and water. The unique technical qualities and visual elements of woven design, allow Fawkes to define and determine shape through interwoven colors and the weft and warp of her tapestries. She utilizes both double weave and inlay techniques. The results are shimmering forms that undulate across fields of color, often creating 3-dimensional illusion. While most of this show features abstract suggestions of the flow of water or the movement of wind, some of the more dimensional tapestries also include shapes that vividly suggest boat forms moving across shifting, shimmering bodies of water.
Portland artist, Judith Poxson Fawkes received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited her tapestries nationally since the 1960s, and her work is in numerous collections including the American Crafts Museum, NY; City of Seattle; Clark College, Vancouver, WA; Greenville County Museum of Art, SC; Knight Library, University of Oregon, Eugene; and Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. She has completed many commissions including work for the Aurora Municipal Center, CO; Knoxville Convention Center, TN; St. Helena Hospital, Deer Park, CA; PERS: Public Employee’s Retirement System, Portland, OR; Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Court House, Portland, OR; and most recently Tigard Library in Tigard, OR, and Stoller Vineyards in Dayton, OR.